I cherish our years together

Guest Column by Alexis Roy (Editor’s note: Alexis Roy of Sauk Rapids has just retired after 20 years as an officer for the Sartell Police Department. She submitted the following as a letter to editor, but the Newsleader editor decided to publish it as a guest column. For more about Roy, see a feature story […]


Public beach on Kraemer Lake is a mistake

Alicia Schulzetenberge Brittany Poepping St. Cloud State University   As aspiring field ecologists, my colleague and I have a heightened interest in how community developments affect our surrounding ecosystems. It has recently been proposed a public beach be added to Kraemer Lake in St. Joseph. Our concerns regarding this announcement are primarily based on the implications […]

John Anderson sits on his bike with the food he collected for local food shelves.

SFX Kindergartener collects food for hungry – forgets to tell mom

John Anderson is a sweet boy with a good heart, and a solid rebellious streak. In October, John participated in a prayer service about World Hunger Day. It was prepared by the students at St. Francis Xavier School in Sartell, where he is a kindergartener. John was inspired to help the hungry. He was so […]


Roy’s police work was ‘a really good ride’

The best thing about Alexis Roy’s 20 years of service as a Sartell police officer was the town and its people. “It’s a good town,” she said. “A really good town with really good citizens.” The most frustrating aspect of police work, she said, was dealing with “people who don’t want help but need it.” […]

The Medelberg family volunteered at the home of Jim and Mary Ann Graeve. Pictured left to right are Abbey Medelberg, Kay Medelberg, Jim Graeve and Eric Medelberg. Abbey is in 6th- grade at ASA. Eric Medelberg is a local chiropractor.

29th annual Workathon held

Volunteers gathered on a cool and sunny morning for the 29th annual St. Joseph Area Workathon held Oct 27. Workathon volunteers raked and hauled away leaves, cleaned gardens and did other projects to help those who had requested help. The workathon is a service-oriented fundraiser held annually. It gives students an opportunity to help with […]


City unveils new website

One of the first things residents will notice when they visit www.cityofstjoseph.com is its new look. With a bright blue background and scrolling pictures of local scenes, visitors will see familiar sites and faces on the city’s new website. The city has had a website through GovOffice since 2002. This is the first time it’s […]

Artist and College of St. Benedict student Melissa Pinkowski touches up an area of a mural Nov. 13 on the back of the Minnesota Street Market in St. Joseph.

Local co-op gets a new mural

When Pat Benson left for the day from the Minnesota Street Market, she exited through the back door. When she got to the parking lot and saw the few cars parked there and glanced back at the food and art co-op’s building, she thought to herself, “No one can see we’re here.” The remedy? Find […]


Hennes hosts annual veterans’ tradition

Veterans Day, for Steve Hennes of Sartell, is the “most meaningful holiday of the year.” It’s a time to gather with other veterans and to honor all those who served their country, including those who died and those who were wounded. Every year, on Veterans Day, Hennes has breakfast with fellow veterans – usually about […]